Confession time: how eco-friendly are you? I have to say that until recently (ie, today), I wasn't doing a whole lot to save the environment. I wasn't recycling anything, I'd let water run as I brushed my teeth, I was using plastic bags at the grocery store, I drank bottled water after bottled water, I didn't give two shits about the emissions from my car, etc. And don't even get me STARTED on organic food.
Then last week in class, we were doing a unit on the earth and renewable vs nonrenewable resources. We also talked about what we could do to help conserve our natural resources. Since Earth Day would be two days after we got back from Spring Break, I hit on the idea to have the kids create Earth Day posters. At the top, they had to write "For Earth Day, I will...." and then make their personal pledge or promise. How would THEY help the Earth and conserve/protect our natural resources? And, because my students are smooth-talking little b*stards, I agreed to make one, too. After all, lead by example, right?
So after a lot of thinking, I'm going to start recycling at home. Nothing major, but I'm going to get two bins today, one for paper and one for plastic (I don't know about pop cans yet--after all, I'm also very lazy, and I don't think our garbage area outside HAS a recepticle for aluminum....and I don't particularly want to go traipsing all over Fort Myers with my old soda cans. Remember, we don't get paid for them here the way you Yanks do). Anyway, I figure that's a good enough start.
So that leads me here. Am I a late bloomer? Have you all been doing this already? Do you recycle at home? At work? (I'm sorry to say that my school does NOT recycle.....and frankly, I'll be damned if I suggest it, because at our school, if you bring it up, you HEAD it up, and that's a major project.) Do you still (gasp!) drink bottled water or do you refill the same container over and over? Do you bring those dorky (no offense) canvas bags to the grocery store? Do you only use products that are organic or all-natural? How far do you go?